The SPD General Secretary Lars Klingbeil has called on the Union to act on the question of the basic pension. "I'm counting on the Union moving," he said on the RTL / n-tv show Frühstart. The Grundrente and the climate protection package are "two big chunks, of which I say: The must solve this coalition." This is also significant in view of the mid-term review, which his party wants to draw this fall to work with the CDU and CSU. From the balance sheet, the continuation of the grand coalition could depend. "I am convinced that the SPD members will be very critical of these two issues," he warned.

The SPD demands a basic pension without a means test, that is, whether someone with a low pension may have other income. This means that "people do not have to blaze in front of the state and that we do not build a huge bureaucracy monster," said Klingbeil. Labor and Social Affairs Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) presented a model "that would support over two million people." The model of the CDU, however, help just 150,000 people. He said that at the end of the negotiations, a model would be decided "that really helps millions of people."

Compromise between SPD and CDU is emerging

Klingbeil's comments come just before negotiations begin in a high-level coalition working group. Besides Social Minister Heil, Chancellor Helge Braun (CDU), Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD), Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) and the CSU regional group leader in the Bundestag, Alexander Dobrindt, are among the participants. According to media reports, Braun and Heil agreed to the demolition of a compromise, according to which there could be an income but not a wealth test. Even inhabited residential property should play no role.

However, the CSU should not be convinced of the compromise yet. As CSU pension policy Stephan Stracke said the Augsburger Allgemeine, the "alleged" compromise proposal would also give people such a basic pension, they do not need. "We want to focus the basic pension on those people who really need it," said Stracke.

At the first meeting of the working group no final solution is expected.

Social organizations are urging for haste

Social organizations and the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) called for a speedy agreement before the summit meeting. The President of the Social Union VdK Verena Bentele said the Düsseldorf Rheinische Post , the policy is guilty of those who have worked hard for a lifetime and still lived in poverty in old age. "These people are tired of the discussions on the topic," said Bentele. The various positions have been exchanged for far too long. Now it needs action.

Even the chief executive of the Joint Welfare Association Ulrich Schneider urged to hurry. If the grand coalition is not a few now, it is possible that there is no agreement and therefore no ground rent. "That would be fatal." Any compromise that would lead to "a large number of old people being protected in a straightforward and unbureaucratic way from going to the Social Welfare Office" is to be welcomed, said the head of the social association. DGB chairman Rainer Hoffmann demanded a solution without means test: "For the DGB it is and remains important that at the end of the day no claimant must be naked in front of the social welfare office in order to receive a basic pension," said the trade union leader. "The often required means test does not do justice to the life achievement of many employees."